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Food Heals

Being hailed as “Sex and the City for Food,” The Food Heals Podcast brings together experts in the field of nutrition, health and healing to teach you the best-kept natural secrets to being a hotter, healthier, happier YOU! The Food Heals Podcast is hosted by Allison Melody with guest co-hosts like Suzy Hardy, Leslie Durso, Whitney Lauritsen, Sophie Uliano and more – all self-proclaimed natural chicks who will rock your world and change your beliefs about health! This savvy show provides eco-friendly advice on a variety of issues including the healing power of nutrition, living authentically, turning your passion into your career, choosing the best natural health and beauty products, the benefits of a plant-based diet and so much more!
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May 29, 2018

These days, everyone’s got back pain. In fact, that’s the number one reason people go to their doctor! 80% of Americans experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. No surprise really, since we spend much of our time sitting - at our desks, on our sofas, in our cars - or hunched over our cellphones. Poor posture is definitely to blame. And you might be surprised to know that it also affects how you feel.

Growing up, Dr. Krista Burns wanted nothing more than to be a professional skier. But a back injury put an end to that dream, and conventional treatment only made matters worse. She knew there had to be a way to heal herself. After obtaining her first doctorate, she designed a 3-component system to address back pain. Through spinal alignment, posture rehabilitation and posture habit re-education, she freed herself from the chronic pain she had been experiencing for years. Since then, she has been determined to help people prevent and overcome back problems.

Dr. Krista is now a certified chiropractic doctor, inspiring public speaker, and published author. She’s co-founded the American Posture Institute, where she and her team train healthcare providers to teach their patients proper posture. She’s also the brains behind www.posturearchetype.com, check out the website and take the free assessment to check your own posture archetype and receive a postural transformation solution designed specifically for you.

How you stand affects your mood

How you stand directly impacts how you feel. Similarly, how you feel directly impacts how you stand. When you feel depressed, you hunch your shoulders, cross your arms, hold your head low. When you feel uplifted, you stand straight, shoulders back, head held high. But at any moment you can choose to feel uplifted, or choose to feel depressed. By changing your posture, you can achieve a new emotional state. This fact is supported by science. Studies have shown that people with poor posture are more likely to experience negative moods and be self-critical. In the same way, people with good posture are happier, feel more confident, have a positive body image. You have the power to change your mood, simply by changing how you hold your body.

Dr. Krista’s tips to get relief from back pain:

  • Get to the root cause of your pain (take the archetype assessment)
  • Move the area where you feel pain
  • Strengthen your core - it will help support your spine and maintain postural alignment
  • Bring your cellphone or laptop up to eye level so you’re not constantly looking down in a slumped posture. Avoid tech-neck!
  • Create an active workspace. Standing desk, active sitting (like sitting on an exercise ball or posture cushion).
  • Take frequent posture breaks; get up and stretch.
  • Use a posture reminder - this will help you create long lasting back-friendly habits.
  • Have a postural evaluation every year, just like you’d have a health check.

Eco Vegan Gal Whitney Lauritsen’s tips to go vegan:

  • You don’t need to be perfect. Allow yourself time to transition.
  • Don’t be afraid of what other people think.
  • There’s a lot to learn about veganism; it’s harder than going vegetarian. Give yourself the resources (podcasts, documentaries, blogs, etc.) to make it easier to transition.
  • Add more plants to your diet; we’ve got some great tips for this coming up in Episode 204 with Vegan Bros!
  • Reach out to a vegan community. www.ecoveganpal.com is a great resource and supportive plant-based network.
  • Replace non-vegan foods you love with delicious plant-based versions. Shop online if there are no options near you: www.happycow.com, www.veganessentials.com, and www.thrivemarket.com are good places to start.
  • Make your own delicious vegan food by getting inspiration online. Try the Plan to Eat app to find recipes, meal plans and shopping lists.
  • Check out Whitney’s book Healthy Organic Vegan on a Budget: www.veganebook.com

Gorgeous for Good Weekend Intensive in LA on June 9th & 10th

If you can’t join us in Italy, then you simply must go to Sophie Uliano’s Gorgeous for Good Weekend Intensive in LA on June 9th & 10th. It is going to be lifechanging. I’ve been to her retreats in Palm Springs and I guarantee it will be an unforgettable event. You will leave with the tools to completely transform your health.

For 2 days, you will be supported by Sophie’s tribe of wellness warriors, hormone educators, doctors, healers and mindful meditation teachers, so you can learn all the aspects of wellness you need to become gorgeous for good.

This is a beautifully nourishing and supportive retreat, where you will be surrounded by like-minded women. You will make soul-connections that will last a lifetime.

Life-changing workshops, plant-based food, mindful meditation, card readings, guided visualizations, beauty makeovers, innovative treatments, tons of learning… PLUS, you will walk away with an enormous swag bag worth over $1000, full of gorgeously green beauty products. Move fast and use the code FOODHEALS20 to get 20% off the ticket price.

Being hailed as “Sex and the City for Food,” The Food Heals Podcast brings together experts in the field of nutrition, health and healing to teach you the best-kept natural secrets to being a hotter, healthier, happier YOU!

The Food Heals Podcast is hosted by Allison Melody and Suzy Hardy – two self-proclaimed natural chicks who will rock your world and change your beliefs about health! This sexy, savvy duo provides eco-friendly advice on a variety of issues including the healing power of nutrition, living authentically, turning your passion into your career, choosing the best natural health and beauty products, the benefits of a plant-based diet and so much more!

 

May 20, 2018

Alison Burgos wasn’t always into plant-based food. In fact, she didn’t enjoy vegan food at all! It took a severe health condition to get her to completely re-think her lifestyle.

At just forty years old, Alison was morbidly obese and confined to a wheelchair. Rheumatoid arthritis had attacked her joints to such a degree that she couldn’t move without excruciating pain. The best doctors in the world prescribed steroids and drugs, but did nothing to combat the inflammation. At her wit’s end, Alison decided to take matters into her own hands and, with her wife and friends’ support, went on a 90-day raw cleanse. Her inflammation disappeared.

What started as a personal health journey has turned into a desire to help others make conscious choices about what they eat, and see how positive and powerful those choices can be. The Seed, Food and Wine festival was born.

And we’re so excited to invite you to join us there.

The Seed Food & Wine LA and Eat Drink Vegan events are happening THIS WEEK, May 23rd to 26th. It’s more than just a festival, it’s a movement driven by passionate people dedicated to raising awareness around veganism, holistic health, sustainability and animal welfare. Their mission is to elevate the conversation and get people connected to the transformational power of food. All your favorite vegan content creators will be there, as well as the country’s best plant-based chefs, artists, designers, influencers and authors. Get ready for delicious vegan food (plus wine, and cocktails!), talks, presentations, cooking demos, inspiration and lots of fun live events… oh and a ton of free swag! Get your tickets right now and use the coupon code “wellness” to get $10 off any event (including the Fashion Show, Seed Summit, Grand Tasting, 5k Run and Yoga, and Eat Drink Vegan). You just pay for your ticket, everything else is free! Join us!!

Being hailed as “Sex and the City for Food,” The Food Heals Podcast brings together experts in the field of nutrition, health and healing to teach you the best-kept natural secrets to being a hotter, healthier, happier YOU!

The Food Heals Podcast is hosted by Allison Melody and Suzy Hardy – two self-proclaimed natural chicks who will rock your world and change your beliefs about health! This sexy, savvy duo provides eco-friendly advice on a variety of issues including the healing power of nutrition, living authentically, turning your passion into your career, choosing the best natural health and beauty products, the benefits of a plant-based diet and so much more!

May 15, 2018

Our favorite functional medicine expert, Dr. Stephen Cabral, has spent decades researching all forms of medicine. He believes they all have a place, and can all be used to bring about health. His mission is to help people go from chronic pain, depression and disease to a state of vitality and happiness.

 

Check out Episode 186 where Dr. Cabral shares how he healed himself and tells us all about intermittent fasting, detoxing and Ayurvedic medicine.

 

What is Disease?

A simplified way to look at disease is this: people either get sick because of toxicity, or because of deficiency. If we can address the deficiencies (by supplementing vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc.) and begin to remove the toxicities (such as excess hormones, plastics, etc.), we can heal anything.

 

Western Medicine vs Functional Medicine

Unfortunately, the goal of conventional medicine is not to get better. It just addresses the symptoms. So, for example, high cholesterol is just a symptom (or sign) that there is a deeper issue, like an auto-immune condition or excess toxins. Conventional medicine will prescribe drugs to manage the symptoms without getting to the underlying root cause. They might make you feel a bit better in the short term, but they don’t provide long-term benefits. On the other hand, functional medicine will look at what might be causing the condition, and help you bring your body back into a state of healthy balance. That said, if you’re suffering a heart attack, you’re better off heading to the emergency room rather than your natural health doctor!

 

Your Health and The Rain Barrel Effect

Your body is in a constant state of homeostasis: it is always trying to return to a healthy balance. This means that it can deal with a lot (of stress, junk food, toxins) before finally disease shows up in your blood tests. It’s what Dr. Cabral calls the “rain barrel effect,” which is also the title of his best-selling book. Your rain barrel is essentially your toxic load. If it’s overflowing, your health suffers. You need to empty it out - to clear your toxicity - in order to bring your body back into balance.

 

How to Heal Your Body

According to Dr. Cabral, you can heal anything within 12 to 16 weeks (3-4 months). That’s because all your red blood cells turn over every 90-120 days (also 3-4 months). As this happens your mitochondria (your cells’ energy stores) are replenished with nutrients, you’ll have more energy and fewer symptoms. Diet is a huge part of that journey, but you need to take a holistic approach. Addressing food without overcoming emotional trauma just won’t work. A lot of our disease comes from our emotions.

 

Where to Begin?

A great way to find out what is happening in your body is to have functional tests done. These will look at markers that conventional medicine usually ignores, to give you a complete picture of what is going on with your health right now. You can order these tests on Dr. Cabral’s online store. Dr. Cabral will read through them and you’ll get a phone call from one of his team’s health coaches to discuss the results.

 

Dr. Cabral’s Weight Loss and Detox Tips:

  • Forget about crash diets or regimes, they are not sustainable and don’t work long term.
  • Crowd out the bad foods with nourishing foods (plant based whole foods are your friends here).
  • Don’t graze all day long, allow your body 4-5 hours between meals to give your cortisol levels a chance to level out.
  • Reset your circadian rhythm - your body detoxifies from around 10pm.
  • Eat foods that support your liver detoxification (like cruciferous veg: broccoli, kale, etc.).
  • Try Dr. Cabral’s detox shakes or his detox protocol.

 

Dr. Cabral and Leslie Durso’s Healthy Travel Tips:

  • Get your antibacterial wipes and wipe everything around you - planes are never cleaned.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before your flight.
  • Avoid alcohol, coffee or tea on the plane, and drink a lot of water (that said, a glass of wine will help you sleep on those super long flights).
  • Ramp up your immune system a few days before: take plenty of vitamin c, zinc and green juices.
  • Fast so that your energy can be focused on protecting your body from germs and toxins (like flame retardants and bug sprays) rather than digesting food.
  • Never eat airplane food - it’s microwaved and full of preservatives.
  • Bring your own health supplements.

 

 

Only a Few Spots Left on Our Italian Vegan Getaway

We’re going to Italy in under a month!! We can’t wait to be there with you.

Join us for a full immersion into Italian culture and lifestyle - vegan style! Give yourself the gift of a week away to slow down, relax, reset, and share a life-changing retreat with a group of likeminded women. We’ll be hiking, swimming (in the infinity pool), boating, and of course eating (can we tempt you with vegan gelato?). You can turn off your phone (except for taking Instagram photos of course!), leave your laptop to one side, and fully indulge in a week of complete relaxation. Go to www.foodhealsnation.com/italy for the brochure, or just email info@foodhealsnation.com for more details.

 

Being hailed as “Sex and the City for Food,” The Food Heals Podcast brings together experts in the field of nutrition, health and healing to teach you the best-kept natural secrets to being a hotter, healthier, happier YOU!

 

The Food Heals Podcast is hosted by Allison Melody and Suzy Hardy – two self-proclaimed natural chicks who will rock your world and change your beliefs about health! This sexy, savvy duo provides eco-friendly advice on a variety of issues including the healing power of nutrition, living authentically, turning your passion into your career, choosing the best natural health and beauty products, the benefits of a plant-based diet and so much more!

May 8, 2018

She makes green sexy and cool, she’s a best-selling author and eco Marry Poppins for the new Millennium. We couldn’t think of anyone better to celebrate 200 episodes of the Food Heals Podcast: the gorgeous Sophie Uliano.

If you’ve tried and tried to make good habits stick but never quite got there, Sophie’s got the perfect event for you.

But first, we’re going to bust some health & beauty myths.

Myth 1: Synthetic chemicals are bad, and “natural” ingredients always better and safer.

Well, first off, the term “natural” is not regulated at all, so anyone can put that on their label. And when it comes to synthetics, well, that just means “made in a lab.” Let’s take the top four ingredients that really make a difference to your skin: Vitamin C (in the form of ascorbic acid), retinoids, hydroxyacids and peptides. These need to be used in their synthetic forms to be stable. They might be “chemicals” but they’re completely safe for your skin.

Best Skin Care Ingredients to Fade Sun Spots Fast:

  • For sensitive skin/prone to breakouts: beta hydroxyl acid (BHA) that contains willow bark which will also gets rid of your black heads.
  • For not so sensitive skin: alpha hydroxy acid to melt away the dead skin cells and reveal your glow.
  • Our favorite brands: Sunshine Botanicals Pumpkin Power Peal; Alpha H; MyChell.

Myth 2: Everyone should use retinols.

Yes, but also no. Actually, retinols are something everyone should use because as our skin gets older, it thins - that’s what makes under eyes appearing darker. Retinoids help to thicken skin. BUT prescription-strength retinoids can be too harsh and cause damage. It’s all in the dosage. You need a tiny amount, and if your skin is sensitive you need to look out for the gentler forms of retinol.

Myth 3: Lectins are really bad for you.

Lectins are protein molecules found in almost all vegetables. They’re the plant’s protection mechanism, so can cause digestive upset if eaten raw because some lectins are toxic, for example the ones found in red kidney beans (phytohaemagglutinin) - which is why you should never eat a raw bean!

But lately everyone’s been talking about how bad they are for you, and how “dangerous” it may be to eat plants. Let’s get real: there’s no way eating a wholefoods plant-based diet is ever dangerous. It’s the most natural way of eating. What’s more, most lectins are destroyed by cooking.

Myth 4: Juicing is better than smoothies.

Juices are great, but smoothies are better. Mother Nature created the whole fruit - when you juice you take out so many of the healing nutrients, like the fiber, which keeps your digestive system ticking over nicely. It’s important to eat the whole plant, and smoothies help you do exactly that. Smoothies win.

Want more gorgeously green tips from Sophie? Check out our Thanksgiving and New Year’s episodes!

Gorgeous for Good Weekend Intensive with Sophie Uliano; June 9th & 10th

Busting myths is one of the steps you can take to get gorgeous for good. But if you’ve never quite been able to stick to those healthy habits long-term, we’ve got the perfect solution for you.

Join Sophie Uliano in LA on June 9th to 10th for the Gorgeous for Good Weekend Intensive. For 2 days, you will be supported by Sophie’s tribe of wellness warriors, hormone educators, doctors, healers and mindful meditation teachers, so you can learn all the aspects of wellness you need to become gorgeous for good.

This is a beautifully nourishing and supporting retreat, where you will be surrounded by like-minded women. You will make soul-connections that will last a lifetime.

Plus, you will walk away with an enormous swag bag worth over $1000, full of gorgeously green beauty products. Move fast and use the code FOODHEALS20 to get 20% off the early bird ticket price.

Italian Retreat June 2nd to 9th

Speaking of life-long soul connections, we have just 2 spots left on our Vegan Italian Getaway on the Amalfi Coast. How about sampling organic vegan wine and olive oil grown and made on the property? Join us for beautiful (infinity)poolside conversations, learn to cook with Leslie, share experiences with like-minded women and create life-long bonds in the most beautiful setting in the world. Email us or send us a FB message for details! Oh, and 2 words: vegan gelato. See you there!

Being hailed as “Sex and the City for Food,” The Food Heals Podcast brings together experts in the field of nutrition, health and healing to teach you the best-kept natural secrets to being a hotter, healthier, happier YOU!


The Food Heals Podcast is hosted by Allison Melody and Suzy Hardy – two self-proclaimed natural chicks who will rock your world and change your beliefs about health! This sexy, savvy duo provides eco-friendly advice on a variety of issues including the healing power of nutrition, living authentically, turning your passion into your career, choosing the best natural health and beauty products, the benefits of a plant-based diet and so much more!

May 1, 2018

We all want to be fit. But who wants to go to a gym ever day? And what if lifting weights actually bulks you up rather than slim you down? With all the conflicting information out there, you can’t get your head around the right foods to eat before and after a workout. It’s exhausting trying to figure out the best fitness strategies to lose weight and feel great. That’s where today’s guests can offer you some invaluable advice: what they don’t know about fitness is not worth knowing.

 

Devon’s dive into wellness dates back to her late 20’s. Despite being a dancer and appearing slim and healthy, she had a disordered relationship with food, and was pre-diabetic and peri-menopausal, which means her blood sugar and hormones were completely out of balance. Through a combination of Gyrotonic training, holistic anti-aging strategies and nutrition, Devon completely healed her Lyme disease, balanced her hormones and now feels healthier than ever.

 

For Rob, health was just about aesthetics. It was about looking good. Flash-forward 10 years, and an unfortunate honeymoon photo made Rob realize that his “just work out and don’t worry about the food” theory had resulted in a big gut – he looked the worse he’d ever looked. Now, he’s shed 30 pounds and looks 10 years younger!

 

Together, Rob and Devon are the dynamic duo behind Open Sky Fitness. Their podcast combines expert interviews with in depth looks at the latest in wellness and workouts. They also offer one on-one coaching and group challenges for people who are really serious about getting fit. You can get their free book for the secrets to jump-starting your workout in just 3 days here. Or if you have any questions, you can contact Rob and Devon by email at rob@opensky.com or devon@opensky.com.

 

Being hailed as “Sex and the City for Food,” The Food Heals Podcast brings together experts in the field of nutrition, health and healing to teach you the best-kept natural secrets to being a hotter, healthier, happier YOU!


The Food Heals Podcast is hosted by Allison Melody and Suzy Hardy – two self-proclaimed natural chicks who will rock your world and change your beliefs about health! This sexy, savvy duo provides eco-friendly advice on a variety of issues including the healing power of nutrition, living authentically, turning your passion into your career, choosing the best natural health and beauty products, the benefits of a plant-based diet and so much more!

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